Brahma Kumaris Spiritual University and Museum
Delwara Jain Temples
Gardens and Parks
Welcome to Mount Abu Hill Station,
It is the most famous "hill station" in India. It is in Sirohi district. In Sirohi district Mount Abu is as diverse as the city itself. It was once a part of the Chauhan kingdom of Rajasthan and served as a summer resort for the Rajput kings of the region.
In Mount Abu Nakki Lake is a very nice lake it's Innumerable attributes are crowned on the head of this intriguing lake. For diehard Abuphills it founts from the centre of the earth , On one hand if it is the largest manmade lake at the height of 1100 meters in India then on the other hand it is romantically called the love lake of Mount Abu at the same time it is the sacred lake for theproud Garacia tribe. Mount Abu is a green oasis in the barren deserts cape that's Rajasthan. Situated at the southern tip of the Aravali range,the hill retreat owes its cool climate to its rich flora covering the entire hillside that includes coniferous trees and flowering shrubs. Other famous places in the city are Delwara Jain Temples, Brahma Kumaris Spiritual University and Museum, Achalgarh Fort etc.
The Shiva Temple of Achaleshwar Mahandeva, in Achalgarh, boasts a number of interesting features , including what is said to be a toe of Shiva, as well as a brass Nandi (Shiva's vehicle, a bull) and, where the Siva Lingum would normally be, there is a deep hole that is said to extend all the way down to the underworld.
Just outside the temple beside the car park, three stone buffaloes stand around a tank, while the figure of a King shoots at them with his bows and arrows. A legend states that the tank was once filled with ghee, but demons, in the form of buffalos came down and polluted the ghee until the king shot them. A path leads up to the hillside to a group of colorful Jain temples, which all have fine views over the plains.
Situated in a cave, The Adhar Devi Temple is one of the popular religious themed tourist destinations in the Mount Abu region. It is situated three kilometers north of the main town of Mount Abu. The Adhar Devi Temple can be reached by climbing up 365 stairs carved into the mountain. The temple itself is located inside a rocky cleave and is reached by crawling through a small opening into the cave. The Adhar Devi Temple is dedicated to the Goddess Durga. It got its name because the legend has it that "Adhar" of the Mataji (Goddess deity) fell here, also it was believed that the image of the goddess could be found there hanging in mid air. As well as being a popular tourist destination, the Adhar Devi Temple is also a common destination for many religion pilgrimages. The Adhar Devi temple receives most pilgrims during the 9 days of the holy Navratri season.
The Adhar Devi temple contains many beautiful statues, and those that make the effort to climb the stairs are rewarded with many picturesque views of the surrounding mountains and forests. The climb up to the Adhar Devi temple can be a difficult one so it is recommended that you wear appropriate clothing and footwear. You should not be turned off by this walk as the scenic views surrounding the temple and the wondrous beauty inside make this climb worth the effort.
Mount Abu Brahma Kumaris Spiritual University and Museum teaches the equality amongst all religions. These teachings strengthen the fact that whatever be your form of respect, each path would lead you to the supreme power and not elsewhere. The University preaches peace using spiritual knowledge, yoga and meditation as its tool. Having more than 4500 branches, this University has its headquarters at Mount Abu. You would find the Brahma Kumaris, clad in white, at this place.
The university's stated objective is the establishment of universal peace. The methods adopted for this purpose are sessions imparting spiritual knowledge as well as training of raja yoga meditation. There are many branches of the Brahma Kumaris in and around the world. If you wish to do a residential course at this university, you should contact this university's local branch that's closest to you. You can, however, even attend an introductory course (that comprise of seven lessons) during your Mount Abu Tour. You would need to spend just three days at the minimum. There's no charge for this course as the organization is totally supported by donations.
Delwara Jain Temples, famous Jain temples, are situated at Delwara village about 2? Km's from the beautiful city of Mount Abu. The temples are carved in marble, the design and accuracy of workmanship is unbelievable. The temple dates back to 11th and 12th century A.D. Delwara temples are a composite cluster of 5 temples.
- Vimal Vasahi (Shri Adinathji temple)
- Luna Vasahi (Shri Neminathji temple)
- Pithalhar (Shri Rishabh Deoji temple)
- Khartar Vasahi (Shri Parshavnathji temple)
- Mahaveer Swami (Shri Mahaveer Swamiji temple)
Doodh Baori is a well located at the foot step of the Adhar Devi temple. Doodh Baori is considered as a sacred well with milk colored water. It is believed that this well is the main source of milk for the heavenly world, for gods and goddesses. It is believed that the water in the well has many miraculous powers. May people offer prayers at this well considering it as Kamadhenu. The view of the temple from the premises of Doodh Baori looks like a small tower at the pinnacle of the mount.
Beautifully laid parks and gardens are interspersed throughout the hilly paradise. Ashok Vatika,Gandhi park, Municipal Park, Shaitan Singh Park and Terrace Garden are some of the noteworthy gardens.
Another park, the Brahma Kumaris Peace Park is both lovely and serene, It is the realisation of a dream, a natural environment where silence and recreation co-exist, The Peace Park is nestled between two famous peaks of the Aravalli hills - the well known spiritual pilgrimage destinations of Guru Shikhar and Achal Garh. The Park Is an oasis of natural beauty found only 8 kms from the Brahma Kumaris Headquarters in Mount Abu.
The Sage Vashishtha lived here with his wife and the wish fulfilling cow, gifted to him by the Devas, after they obtained it from the churning of the ocean, with eight other jewels! He is credited to have brought Nandi Vardhan Mountain, the youngest son of Himalayas, to Mount Abu. The incredible flying snake, Arbud Naag, who brought the gargantuan mountain from the South on its back, demanded the mountain to be named after him as "Arbudanchal" for the recognition of his services in bringing the great mountain from the South to its present address.
It is authentically mentioned in Van Perva of Mahabharata, where Sage Ved Vyas sways Dharma Raj Udhishtar to spend one night at Vashishtha Ashram, and further enlightens that a night's stay at the Ashram would bless him with the blessing, equivalent to giving one thousand cows in charity.
Guru Shikhar, a peak at an altitude of 5,676 feet (1722 meters), is the highest point in Rajasthan. It is located at a distance of 15 km from Mount Abu. It has a commanding view of Abu and its surroundings. This peak is the home to the temple of Dattatreya, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and the peak is called Guru Shikhar after him as Guru Dattatreya had dignified this place and his footprints are sanctified here in a rock in a cave. Foot prints of swami Ramanath are also here who enshrined the statue in Raghnathji temple in Abu. Close to the shrine is a temple of Guru Dattatreya's mother which is too worth- seeing.
There is also a huge and giant bell suspended from a wooden frame with an inscription dated 1411 in the Dattatrya temple, its toll is heard upto a long distances from here. The cold sweeping breeze in adjunct with the panoramic view of the natural scenery full of charm and dense distant forests fill in the visitors a throbing thrill.
Honeymoon Point, 2.5 kms northwest on Ganesh Road, also known as Andra Point, offers an enchanting view of the verdant plains and valleys. The place looks most beautiful during the dusk hours. The route to Honeymoon Point goes past the Nakki Lake.
Mount Abu Wildlife sanctuary comprises of Aravalli, the oldest mountain range. Declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1960, it has numerous places for sightseeing. The floral biodiversity of the sanctuary is quite rich starting with xenomorphic subtropical thorn forest at the foothills to subtropical evergreen forest along watercourses and valleys at higher altitudes. 112 plant families with 449 genera and 820 species fill up the sanctuary. Some of the 3 species of wild roses and 16 species of feras seen here are quite rare. In the southwest area, the sanctuary abounds in bamboo forests.
The museum is divided into two sections. The first section has been adorned by a diorama of local tribal hut with their usual living style by adding a gallery of weapons, musical instruments, ladies ornaments like barly, damani, karna, guthma toda, gaga wala thoomar, kanksi berla, various type of earrings and garments etc. belonging to hill dwellers.
The second section has a series of miniature paintings based on raga-ragnis, lain images from Sirohi, medium sized shields, a small canon called 'Topdi' and some pieces of carvings on local wood.
The notable collection of this museum, is the finely carved out statues of Devdasi or Nartakis (Dancer) ranging from 6th century A.D. to 12th century A.D. procured from an ancient township called Chandravati, 7 kms away from Abu. There is an image of the Chakrabahu Shiva having a trishul in one hand and a khadag in the other and sitting on Nandi, the bull. On each side of Shiva are dancing girls.
In the Abu collection consisting of 404 sculptures, the most distinctive exhibit is the Vish Kanya (snake goddess) which is 3 feet high. It is shown breast-feeding a snake. The figures are well executed and the attitudes are impressive and natural. It also has the Surya (8th century A.D.) found in Achalgarh, the Shiva (10th century A.D.) brought from Delwara temple. The Chanvar Vahini and Laxmi (12th century A.D.) also from Chandravati and the Chanmunda (8th century A. D.).
Nakki Lake is a very nice lake in mount abu. It's Innumerable attributes are crowned on the head of this intriguing lake. For diehard Abuphills it founts from the centre of the earth! On one hand if it is the largest manmade lake at the height of 11, 00 meters in India then on the other hand it is romantically called the love lake of Mount Abu at the same time it is the sacred lake for the proud Garacia tribe. The later come to the lake on their festival in Shukla Paksha in April to worship and remember their ancestors, and consecrate their nails, (hence one more reason for the name Nakki). The name Nakki is also derived form the romantic story of the aged sage Rasia Balam and the nubile teenager Kunvanri Kanya.
The two lovelorn souls were prevented from tying their love in a nuptial knot, by the scheming parents and their conniving Gods. They had demanded that the sage could marry the teenager if he could dig up a lake for her with his nails over night. The sage was just about to accomplish the impossible feat when he was betrayed by all. It is said that the sage was the incarnation of Lord Shiva and the teenager was the embodiment of Ma Parvati. It is predicted that they would return again and then there would be upheaval in the universe. The poem 'Lost Love' depicts the pathos of the two.
1. Bailey's Walk : It is a meandering trail that starts from Sun Set road and reaches down to the banks of the Nakki Lake at nearly its South West point. This trek starts from Nakki Lake on the left there is one sign board when we enter it first we have to climb some mountains and then we have to climb 54 steps after that we reach the Goddess (Aghai) temple then our trek goes to Kanerkund there are many beautiful mountains and you can see the moon as well as the sun.
2. Craig's Walk : It starts from Neemdi Kothi and ends at Ganesh Point at Honeymoon Point.
3. Rishikesh Trail : It stars from Aaarna Village and goes down to plains near the cresent close to Rishikesh Temples.
4. Tiger Trail : One of the most virgin trails that commences from St. Mary's School and ends at Aaarna Village nearly 7 K.M. after.
5. Bharja Trail : It starts from Orian and goes down to the plains to reach the outskirts of Bharja Village, often used by the forces for their training for jungle walks at night.
6. Bridal Path, Utraj - Vasthanji Trail
The temple is nearly 7,000 years old, situated in a hill cresent, and was constructed by King Amrish who had established the Amravati civelization in this region. He is crddited to have perfomorm hundred "Ashwamedha Ygyas" which is told to have threatened Lord Indra, who attacked him. His "Istha Dev" "Lord Rishikesh" saved him from the wrath of Lord Indra.
About 2 kms from Delwara ahead of Aryasamaj Gurukul the Salgaon watch tower. The watch tower lies amidst beautiful green valley over looking a water hole. It is an excellent place for viewing Panthers, Grey jungle fowl, Porcupine, Sloth Bear, Langur, etc. and bird watching. There is a great plain rock ( The only such rock in Mt. Abu) from where one can view the scenic beauty of Nature, The wildlife surrounding the tiny natural water reservoir.......!! Consider yourself quite fortunate if u spot a bear somewhere. Nature lovers who wish to have a night stay and wait to spot beautiful animals like Bears (The most common ones) will be provided with tents.
The tower too accommodates a group of around 12-15 persons at a time. Do pay your hearty visit to this extremely beautiful place and fullfil your dreams..
Shankar Math, one of the latest tourist attractions, is a magnificent monolith Shiva Linga, of pink stone made 25 years back in tranquil ambience with an eco- friendly abbey, headed by His Holiness, the Very Rev. Swami Maheshanandji Giri.
This unique place is built of red stone which is situated near the main market and dedicated to Lord Shiva. Outside the upper position of the temple has been given the shape of "Shiva Linga", which is honoured with rainy water by Lord Indra himself.
Somnath Mandir, the Sambit Ashram, Sant Sarovar, is an abbey with a difference of theological fervor. Nestled in the lap of nature, away from the hustle bustle, it was the conception of His Holiness, the Very Reverential. Swami Ishwaranandji Giri, to restore the eons old Somnath Temple together with Sant Sarovar. And this is what he has exactly accomplished with ?lan! Traditionally, this region from Adhar Devi to Guru Shikhar is the holy range that includes Deb Wara, the Abode of Gods, has been spiritually rather vibrant and is know as Kumarika Kshetra.
The entire restoration was completed by 1978. This is also the head quarter of Samvit Sadhnayan and it was Smt. Anusuya Behen Sarabhai who was the main inspiration, under whose initiation the total restitution of the holy precinct was attended to.
There are numerous temples in Mount Abu. Of them, Shri Raghunathji Temple, Mount Abu Rajasthan deserves special mention. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who incarnated as Raghunathji in this earth to save his followers from the various calamities of life. Raghunathji Temple is one of the most visited temples in Mount Abu; especially for the Vaishnavaites, it is one of the most sacred places in the earth.
Shri Raghunathji Temple India is a great site for Hindu pilgrims. A visit to this temple is supposed to relieve all pains and pangs from the life of the pilgrim. Therefore people from near and far comes here and offers their homage to the great lord.
At a short distance from the lake, a spectacular view of the sunset can be witnessed here in quiet contemplation of nature.
Toad Rock is a mammoth rock structure in Mount Abu hanging over the south of calm and cool Nakki Lake. This is the best attractive rock formation found in the regions of Mount Abu. This rock by view seems to be overlooking the whole lake. People can climb up to the top of the Toad rock and can view the panoramic beauty of the surrounding lake and greenish hilly regions from the top of the rock.
Named after the British engineer who constructed it, Trevor's Tank is a delight for bird watchers with densely wooded hills that are a haven to pigeons, peacocks and partridges.
Shri Vashistha Ashram is situated at a distance of about six kilometers from the Bus stand at Mount Abu.The holy river Sarswati Ganga has been flowing here since the ancient days of Viswamitra and Vashistha,the two great Rishis of India. In the days when Vashistha used to meditate here, there were no mountains. The land was plain. It was only later on that the mountains were brought here The legend goes like this.
Vashistha's ancient "Agnikund" is situated here at the ashrama from which Vashistha produced the fire descendent Kshatriyas, viz , Parmar , Solanki and Chauhan. This is famous in the books of history as the 'Aknikund' , Naranji said that the religious in all the three worlds lay, one may obtain the fruits of the thousand gaudan poojas by staying overnight in the Ashram.
- Some Ashrms : Agneshwar Ashram, Bhrigu Ashram, Gautam Rishi Ashram etc.
- Some Villages : Jawai, Cahndela, Utroj, Sher Gaon etc.
- Arna Watch Tower, Chhipa Beri, Kuda- Mamaji, Sirohi Kothi, Mini Nakki - Anjani Mata, Palanpur Point etc.